How to make your PC start-up faster

If your PC is working slower than usual, this may be because – too many programs are executed during the computer start up. Some of these programs maybe unnecessary to you. And these unnecessary programs take up too much of the CPU processes, thus making your PC slow. You can just remove these programs from the start up. So these programs will not be automatically run when the computer is started. These programs can be run manually only when needed. This will help you to get more percentage of cpu for your important tasks.

Lets understand this with an example. I have seen computers with so many start up programs, which actually makes the computer handicap to do any other important task. A computer with start up programs like messengers, gaming client, mobile pc suites, user defined themes, etc etc is likely to perform slower than usual. If you want your PC to perform faster then ideally you should only keep the System services, Antivirus and the Firewall on your start up list. So lets see how to modify the start up list.

How to change the start up programs list ?

  1. If you are using Windows XP, then go Start > Run > Type msconfig, press Enter.
    If you are using Windows 7, then go Start > Type msconfig, press Enter.
  2. Then click on start up tab. (Click for image reference).
  3. In this tab, deselect the programs which you don’t want to start up when the computer starts up. Select only those programs which you want to start during the computer start up.
  4. Click on Apply, Click on Ok.
  5. Restart your computer.

Now you have removed the unnecessary programs from the start up list. This will make your computer a bit faster during the start up. Since it will load only the selected programs. To make it a little more faster what you can do is remove the unnecessary services as well.

How to change the start up services list ?

  1. If you are using Windows XP, then go Start Run > Type msconfig, press Enter.
    If you are using Windows 7, then go Start > Type msconfig, press Enter.
  2. Then click on Services tab.
  3. Click on ‘Hide all Microsoft services‘.
  4. Deselect the unnecessary services or click disable all as per your wish.
  5. Click Apply, Click on Ok.
  6. Restart your computer.

Now you have removed unnecessary programs as well as services from the start up list. But some programs persist in your start up list even after removing them. These programs can be removed from the registry. The following instructions are only for advanced user. Follow these only if you know what you are doing. If you mess up the registry then it can cause serious problems.

So follow the next steps only at your own risk, if you mess up don’t blame me :

How to change the start up in the registry ?

  1. If you are using Windows XP, then go Start Run > Type regedit, press Enter.
    If you are using Windows 7, then go Start > Type regedit, press Enter.
  3. Click on Edit > Find. Type msconfig in Find box.
  4. Select Keys. Deselect Values. Deselect Data. (image reference)
  5. Expand MSConfig > Expand startupreg. (image reference)
  6. Select the item you want to delete. (In my case i will select Msn Messenger, check the image in next point).
  7. Right click and Click delete. (image reference).
  8. Similarly you ‘can’ delete other items from the start-up using registry.

NOTE : Please do not be under the impression that deleting registry items makes your PC faster. Deleting only the start up items will help to make your PC a little faster. DO NOT DELETE ANYTHING ELSE unless you KNOW what you are doing. And feel free to ask for help in comments or on forum before messing up anything.

Is there any Software to do all these tasks?

Yes. There is something called as CCleaner by Piriform. It will help you to clean registry, remove startup items by graphical user interface. I recommend this tool to you guys. Its clean and easy to use. And its FREE.

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